Thursday, February 9, 2012


"So if there is any encouragement in Christ, 
any comfort from love, 
any participation in the Spirit, 
any affection and sympathy, 
complete my joy by being of the same mind, 
having the same love, 
being in full accord and of one mind. 
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, 
but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, 
but also to the interests of others. 
Have this mind among yourselves, 
which is yours in Christ Jesus, 
who, though he was in the form of God
did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 
but emptied himself, 
by taking the form of a servant
being born in the likeness of men. 
And being found in human form, 
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death
even death on a cross. 
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, 
in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, 
to the glory of God the Father.
~Philippians 2:1-11

our pastor taught on sunday about the night of Jesus' betrayal on sunday, and how He washed His disciples feet.  eric exhorted us to look at how we serve, and who we serve - do we serve just those who "deserve" it and who can repay us?  or do we give to those who it makes no sense to serve....people who won't be grateful, who we hate / who hate us, or who won't ever do something in return?  the ones were there is no benefit to giving.

in reading the verses above this week, i could see a similar message....

how can i count others as better than myself?

how am i failing to view this world in the way Jesus' does?

why do i not value humility for humility's sake?

why does it feel right that my goals, my agenda, my WANTS be higher than those of someone else?

i am no good at loving others as better than myself - in spite of wanting to be treated this way myself!!  but i know God forgives me for this, and i can get back up and try again.

first apartment

i wish i had a picture perfect memory, to store the sweet moments of life and to recall the hard times i came out of.  buuuuuuut, i don't - so please bear with me in this post!  below are pictures of our first apartment, which i'm hoping will trigger memories down the road when i want to remember this first year.

seeing these pictures is already a little bit of a remembrance, because as i type this post, our home has become piles and piles of boxes and broken down tables.  i'd post pictures of its current state, except no one really wants to see this "after"!

entering the apartment, on your left was bookshelves (which i forgot to take a picture of!), but in front of you is our living room:

between the windows are hanging the letters my bridesmaids made to decorate my bridal shower - M.K.D.  also, ahead are our beloved couches and a view out the windows we can only hope to improve on!  ;-)  though, the construction we can see from our home seems to be coming along nicely....maybe the next tenant will watch something new emerging, rather than the stages of mud we've enjoyed.

another shot directly into the living room, complete with the fire-hazard lamp (mike, whatever you say, i side with andrew on this one that this lamp should be left turned on for only short intervals!), and also one lamp of the set that the faherty's passed on to well as the glass tables i love - i know they will have to go once we have kids, so i'm savoring them now!

walk in and turn right with me, focusing on the wine rack you could see in the first picture.  here is mike's MAN CORNER.  the scotch peter got him for christmas, his globe and our cigar box (mike says it's called a "humidor").  we didn't set out to build a man corner for mike, but his favorite items seems to congregate together here, so i thought it deserved a close-up.

and here is our dining room!  good, good memories here.....we've had so many people come to eat with us - admittedly, we sometimes ate in the living room (or on the floor, pre-furniture!)....but this dining room has seen lots of good conversations.

let's turn away from the windows to face the kitchen (behind those closed doors).  above the door is the little $3 picture i got from a lady on craig's list, which so perfectly fit in with the rest of the decor.  also, on the table is alexander - the little plant mike gave me for christmas.  he's not a bonzai, even though he looks like it, but rather a dwarf pine.  i'm hoping he'll have a long life and be in the pictures i take when we move out of our next apartment!

the kitchen - view to the left from the doorway....

and view to the right!  where i've laid the foundation of my own style of cooking, meal-planning, and stewarding food budget money.  ;-)  there have been plenty of frustrated moments here - trying recipes and budget-ideas that work for other people but weren't a good fit for me, recipes that seemed to triple in size before my eyes, and nights when all i wanted was to go to bed and leave the food in the oven to take care of itself - but i've loved learning to cook here.

table to the right, with the "D" cheese cutting board from jaime - we fell so much in love with it that it had to be hung and not just stored out of sight!  

view from the back of the kitchen, with all our glass containers holding pasta, beans, dried milk, etc.  NOT holding flour or rice, because we all know how the bug problem evolved!  speaking of tears and frustration, poor chris and reka had to witness my "breaking" point with the bug problem.... 

close-up of our industrial shelf holding appliances, etc.....and my colored bowls!!!!  i love these colored bowls.

and these - aren't they dear??

let's go back out, through the living room and towards the bathroom, stopping to look into the "shoes closet" on our left:

not just shoes, thankfully - this closet has also served as our general storage area!

but here are the shoes - thank you, little apartment, for having shoe shelves!!!  and thank you, mike, for allowing me to claim them as my own!

turning around, we go through the bedroom door.  of course, it isn't always this clean and tidy - but i'd like to skew the memories a little bit to omit the days when laundry was on the floor, or the bed wasn't made.  ;-)

the picture above the bed mike gave to me christmas 2010, when we were engaged.  i packed it away so that it would only be hung in "our" home rather than into my "single" home.

our first year "map", which i made for mike on our first year anniversary.  it already feels so long ago, and i already need to look at it to be reminded of all that we did during that first year.  life goes so fast.

last picture - our dresser with my eiffel tower lamp and earring hanger.  the black-and-white pictures in the mirror, ovie bobblehead on the dresser, necklace hanger.

thanks for staying with me!  we've loved our time in this apartment so much!